Snohomish school bond projects, cost carefully considered

I am writing in about the Snohomish Schools bond. I am not typically a guy in favor of raising taxes. In fact, in most cases I vote against the increase of government spending because I often question the stewardship of the money provided.

Eighteen months ago I was invited to participate in a committee to review the status and quality of the Snohomish Schools. On one hand I was impressed with the handling of this process, on the other hand I was discouraged by the results. I kept wanting to get to a place where we didn’t need to include this school or that school for an upgrade because I didn’t want to see the price tag get too big. I wanted to avoid having to go to the taxpayer and add an unreasonable burden.

In the end I am satisfied with the outcome. This committee has done amazing work of identifying the most important projects to bring about safety and security as well as equity among our students for their learning environments.

The tax increase has all of us paying less than we were two years ago for the bond. This isn’t about giving more money to Snohomish Schools. This isn’t about buildings. It’s about students. It’s about their learning environment. It’s about their safety. I hope you will join me in supporting Snohomish Schools for a yes vote in the Feb. 11 election.

Jeff Judy

Snohomish

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